Lieutenant General George J. Trautman III USMC (Ret.) (VA)
George Trautman began his military career as a Marine Corps aviator in 1974. During more than 36 years on active duty, he served in a wide variety of assignments and commanded units at every level prior to his retirement on 1 April 2011. In his last assignment as the Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation (DC(A)), he oversaw aviation forces consisting of almost 40,000 officers and enlisted Marines and was responsible for developing requirements and transition plans for the delivery of new aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey, KC-130J Hercules, UH-1Y Venom, AH-1Z Viper, and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. As DC(A), he also provided principal advocacy and oversight for the complete restructuring of the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) and Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) program.
In addition to his military service, Trautman has a long record of community involvement. He has worked on several educational initiatives to support the needs of transitioning military-connected students, including the establishment of school liaisons at all Marine Corps bases and the Joint Venture Education Forum in Hawaii. He also acts as a national advisor to the Military Child Education Coalition. For the past three years, he has served on the boards of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the Naval Aviation Enterprise. A 2009 recipient of the Pennsylvania State University Distinguished Alumni Award, Trautman was instrumental in forming and serving as a charter member of the Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence Advisory Board for the university’s Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Trautman is a defense and aerospace professional in the DC Metro area. In April 2011, he founded G. J. Trautman Enterprises, a defense and aerospace consulting firm dedicated to providing valued and insightful guidance to clients in both government and industry.
Trautman is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He later received a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and Master of Arts degrees in International Relations from Salve Regina University and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and has served as a Fellow in residence at the Brookings Institution.
He is married to the former Zoe Yoder. They reside in Virginia and have two children.